Gokyo Valley, Nepal Andrea Kelly Berlin...


March 12, 2000|By Special to the Sun


Gokyo Valley, Nepal

Andrea Kelly Berlin

While trekking into the Gokyo Valley of Nepal in November, I came upon this yak posed in front of peaks near Mount Everest. Yaks are very temperamental, so I gave him a wide berth as I passed.


Back to Old World roots

By Barbara Anderson


One hundred years ago, my maternal grandparents left Budapest, Hungary, to start a new life in the United States. One hundred years later, I spent four wonderful days in Budapest, ushering in the new century with a fantastic New Year's Eve party in the five-star Budapest Hilton.

During our stay, we also took an evening boat ride down the Danube, and I dropped flowers in the river in memory of my grandparents.

Another evening we were treated to a wonderful concert by the Budapest Salon Orchestra. We also went to the town of Tok, where we saw a Hungarian wedding and an exhibition of Hungarian horsemen and rode in a horse-drawn sleigh over the snow-covered countryside.

Our group then traveled to Prague, Czech Republic, and toured a Bohemian crystal factory, where we watched craftsmen etching the beautiful cuts in the glass. Then it was on to Vienna, Austria, for two more days of sightseeing and an evening concert of Strauss waltzes.

Our final stop was four days in Munich, Germany, home of my paternal grandparents. Here, we did sightseeing and shopping and attended a one-ring circus.

This was a trip of a lifetime for me and a dream come true -- especially to be able to enjoy Hungary and Germany -- two foreign lands of my roots.

Barbara Anderson lives in Linthicum.


Quebec, Canada

Meredith Sargeant, Towson

"We traveled to Quebec, Canada, to go dog sledding. Our daylong expedition took us deep into Quebec's frozen wilderness along the St. Lawrence River. The quiet echoed around us as our dogsleds flew over streams and footprints left by caribou and moose. As the sun began to set, we gathered back at camp for hot muffins and coffee. Quebec's countryside is beautiful beyond belief, a frozen paradise."

Marco Island, Fla.

Rosalie Grupenhoff, Glen Arm

"We arrived at our rented condo on the Gulf of Mexico at Marco Island, Fla., early in the evening for a two-week stay. While unpacking, we heard applause coming from the balconies of other condos. When we looked out, we saw that the sun was setting. People were applauding a beautiful sunset! Thereafter, whenever we were in our condo at sunset, we joined our neighbors in applauding."


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